Wednesday, February 27, 2013

From Mark Mallett: Possible… or Not?


IN light of recent historic events in the papacy, and this, the last working day of Benedict XVI, two current prophecies in particular are gaining traction among believers regarding the next pope. I am asked about them constantly in person as well as by email. So, I am compelled to finally give a timely response.

The problem is that the following prophecies are diametrically opposed to one another. One or both of them, therefore, cannot be true….


First of all, the question of authenticity of a seer ultimately belongs to the competent authority in the particular diocese in which the alleged seer belongs. That is not my place. However, believers can and should discern the orthodoxy of certain private revelations that come to them:

Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise prophetic utterances. Test everything; retain what is good. Refrain from every kind of evil. (1 Thess 5:19-22)

But as Catholics, the testing of prophecy is never an isolated subjective exercise, but is done with and through the Magisterium—the teachings of the Church—because they contain the definitive Revelation we call the “deposit of faith.” Jesus said,

My sheep hear my voice; I know them, and they follow me. (John 10:27)

We know His voice, not only interiorly through a devoted prayer life, but also through the ones He said would be His voice: the twelve Apostles and their successors who are charged with passing along Sacred Tradition. To them He said:

Whoever listens to you listens to me. Whoever rejects you rejects me. (Luke 10:16)

With that in mind, let’s examine the following prophecies…

In every age the Church has received the charism of prophecy, which must be scrutinized but not scorned. —Cardinal Ratzinger (POPE BENEDICT XVI), Message of Fatima, Theological Commentary,

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